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    Kircher's Famous Work on Magnetism

    Athanasius Kircher. Magnes Sive De Arte Magnetica Opus Tripartitum, Quo Praeterquam Quod Universa Magnetis Natura, Eiusque In Omnibus Artibus & Scientiis usus nova Methodo explicetur, viribus quoque & prodigiosis effectibus Magneticarum, aliarumq(ue) abditarum Naturae motionum in Elementis, Lapidibus, Plantis & Animalibus elucescentium, multa hucusque incognita Naturae arcana per Physica, Medica, Chymica, & Mathematica omnis generis experimenta recluduntur. Cologne: Jodocus Kalcoven, 1643. Second Edition. Quarto. *4,**4,¶4,¶¶ 4,A-5M4,5N2. Complete. [28], 797, [39] pages. Twenty nine (of thirty) engraved plates, lacks frontispiece (as is often the case), with 178 text cuts. Seventeenth-century full English calf with blind tooling. Rebacked at a later date with title on red morocco label. Some wear to binding, some offsetting from leather turn-ins, some minor paper darkening. Contemporary ownership inscriptions: "Robert Pierrepont 1652; and "ex dono Dni Georgii More Liber Guilielmi Cartwright" on front free endpaper. [See Below.] A very good copy.
    "...one of the most interesting works of father Kircher's wonderful and all-embracing scientific genius (or at least industry) and most valuable as a storehouse of all that was known of the magnet at the time...It contains moreover several original observations, i.e. the influence of volcanic eruptions on the magnetic needle, numerous experiments...the first use of the term 'electro-magnetism'." (Zeitlinger).
    VD17 23:255233C. Dunnhaupt (2) III, 2331; 5.2. Ferguson I, 467. Caillet 5779. Brunet III, 667.Thorndike VII, 269. Adelung III, 377. Poggendorf I, 1258. Sommervogel IV, 1048. Merrill/BYU, 5. Neville I, 722. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Kircher, Athanasius. Magnes Sive De Arte Magnetica Opus Tripartitum, Quo Praeterquam Quod Universa Magnetis Natura, Eiusque In Omnibus Artibus & Scientiis usus nova Methodo explicetur, viribus quoque & prodigiosis effectibus Magneticarum, aliarumq(ue) abditarum Naturae motionum in Elementis, Lapidibus, Plantis & Animalibus elucescentium, multa hucusque incognita Naturae arcana per Physica, Medica, Chymica, & Mathematica omnis generis experimenta recluduntur. Cologne: Jodocus Kalcoven, 1643. 4to. *4,**4,¦4,¦¦4,A-5M4,5N2. Complete. [28],797,[39]pp. 17th c. English calf with blind tooling, rebacked with title on red morocco label, some offsetting from leather turn-ins, some minor paper darkening, a very good copy; Contemporary ownership inscriptions: "Robert Pierrepont 1652; and "ex dono Dni Georgii More Liber Guilielmi Cartwright" on f.f.e.p. [See Below.] 29 (of 30) engraved plates, lacks frontis. , as often, 178 text cuts. Second Edition. "...one of the most interesting works of father Kircher's wonderful and all-embracing scientific genius (or at least industry) and most valuable as a storehouse of all that was known of the magnet at the time...It contains moreover several original observations, i.e. the influence of volcanic eruptions on the magnetic needle, numerous experiments...the first use of the term 'electro-magnetism." Zeitlinger

    'Kircher's Magnes is filled with curiosities, both profound and frivolous. The work does not deal solely with what modern physicists call magnetism. Kircher discusses, for example, the magnetism of the earth and heavenly bodies; the tides; the attraction and repulsion in animals and plants; and the magnetic attraction of music and love. He also explains the practical applications of magnetism in medicine, hydraulics, and even in the construction of scientific instruments and toys. In the epilogue Kircher moves from the practical to the metaphysical -- and Aristotelian -- when he discusses the nature and position of God: 'the central magnet of the universe.'...Kircher's Magnes contains all that was known in his day on electricity and magnetism.' Merrill.

    Kircher's fame was international but he was particularly famous in England where he had several close friends. The contemporary inscriptions and binding of this copy show that it must have passed immediately after printing to his enlightened readership there. The William Cartwright could well be William Cartwright, 1611-1643, dramatist and divine. " The king, who was then at Oxford, being asked why he wore black on the day of Cartwright's funeral, replied that 'since the muses had so much mourned for the loss of such a son it would be a shame for him not to appear in mourning for the loss of such a subject.' Fell said of him, 'Cartwright was the utmost man could come to;' and Ben Jonson declared 'My son Cartwright writes all like a man.' Langbaine gives him this character: 'He was extremely remarkable both for his outward and inward endowments; his body being as handsome as his soul. He was an expert linguist, understanding not only Greek and Latin, but French and Italian, as perfectly as his mother-tongue. He was an excellent orator, and yet an admirable poet.' Lloyd is still more enthusiastic in his praise: 'To have the same person cast his net and catch souls as well in the pulpit as on the stage! 'A miracle of industry and wit, sitting sixteen hours a day at all manner of knowledge, an excellent preacher in whom hallowed fancies and reason grew visions and holy passions, raptures and extasies, and all this at thirty years of age! " DNB

    VD17 23:255233C. Dunnhaupt (2) III, 2331; 5.2. Ferguson I, 467. Caillet 5779. Brunet III, 667.Thorndike VII, 269. Adelung III, 377. Poggendorf I, 1258. Sommervogel IV, 1048. Merrill/BYU, 5. Neville I, 722.



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